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The numbers: 


10:30a – HoggFest organizer extraordinaire Mebane Ham (N&R article) just stopped by our abode.  She placed the attendance yesterday at nearly 1000.  Is that possible?  Others put the attendance at 600 or so.


9:15p – Total raised – $9,171.00.  Damn.


Bloggers weigh in:


Mary Layton got home late and filed this report before going to bed.  She and others were womanning the silent auction table.  Mary helped assemble much of the local artwork for the auction.  Because of a very generous gesture, the painting she created especially for HoggFest will be hanging in the Hoggard mansion.  It will always serve as a visual reminder of everyone’s generosity.


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Woody and Sara came early and stayed late.  They promise pictures soon.  He’s right, when a party keeps even 12 year olds from becoming bored, it can safely be said a good time was had by all.


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Sam was there, too…. but, unlike when he attended our Derby Party a few weeks ago, he apparently couldn’t find any drunk liberals to debate.  They were there in abundance, however.


Michael got out of his corner to join us.  Billy was a ton of help (and his truck was damn handy, too.)  BTW, Billy got his name added to the Blogebrity “C” list.


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After witnessing how Patrick Eakes handled the volunteers during yesterday’s setup, I’m convinced he missed his calling as a benevolent drill sargeant. 


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David Wharton did it all and photographed the whole thing.  I never did hear that banjo of his get picked.  Great quote from his post:  “…it was a nasty reason to have a great party, and a really amazing testament to one of Greensboro’s great strengths: small-scale community action.”


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I missed seeing Ann when she stopped by the house with a mess of brownies and some pig meat the night before HoggFest.  I finally got to meet her yesterday and told her how much I admire her stength in the face of familial adversity.  She was getting around just fine despite her recent back surgery.


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Cone lists many of the good things that came from yesterday’s event including one of my main motivations: “…It was an excuse to drink during the day.”   As if he or I need an excuse… it was more like an obligation.  Thanks for all of your help, Ed.


Jay Ovittore was like a party tornado.  He worked his (perhaps) tattooed butt off and it was noticed by everyone (the work, not the alleged tatoo).  Caffiene is a wonderful thing, ain’t it Jay?  Jay got Yagermeister’s music division involved in the event and that was a very professional touch.  Every volunteer got a Yagermeister hat to identify them as such.  One of the coolest items in the silent auction was that beautiful skate board provided by the Yagermeister folks.  I don’t know how Jay made it through the day without sitting in on one the 11 bands’ sets – Jay is a hell of a drummer.  Thanks Jay… you are a true friend.


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Chewie puts it all together within a wonderful perspective of the true impact of such an event.  Thanks girl… you are a class act.


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Billy Jones’ account of the day has more links than Carter’s got liver pills.  Thanks again Mr. Poet.


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Yes!Weekly publisher Charles Womack was there and promptly went home and started his own weblog.


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Anonymoses has a Technorati snapshot of HoggFest coverage.  Beckwith offers this as well, “Don’t tell me blogging is bad for society.”

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